Designer or Knock Off?


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My wardrobe is a mash up of timeless and trendy pieces. I like it that way. I also like paying less than retail. I’m not the shopper I used to be, but, I do know how to scan the racks and I have been known to wait on something until it’s demoted to price-reduction status.

The timeless black sweater meets the trendy animal-print skirt. I gotta be me.

My husband would prefer me to shop less, buy fewer pieces, and stick to clean designer lines. I do this. I have a pair of Calvin Klein gray pants that I wear to work a couple of times a month. I love them. They are so comfortable, they are made so well, they fit so nicely. It doesn’t matter if I’m fat or skinny, those pants always deliver.

I held off getting skinny jeans forever. But one day a couple of months ago, Kid2 and I were in Macy’s and I grabbed a ton of stuff to try on. This is my style: Grab a ton of stuff and visit the dressing room once. I hate going back out to look for something else. I just want to do it once. I had a few pairs of jeans, a gorgeous gray skirt that I haven’t had the guts to wear yet, a sexy dress, and some pretty tops. The white jeans were like, “hello? ARE YOU SERIOUS?” because they created a huge muffin in the middle of me. FAIL. I tried on a few others and they were just OK. Then I tried on the Macy’s skinny jeans and you could hear the chorus on high. Plus, they were half price! I put them on and together we said, “Wow!” And that’s really so fun.

It’s the thrill of the hunt. You might have something in mind, you might want to be surprised, but you just want to keep your shopping talons sharp.

At lunch time I dash over to Ross every couple of weeks. It’s dangerous to be working so close to Ross, and further toward the beach is Ala Moana Shopping Center. I don’t go there unless I MUST. At Ross, I find some fun tops and they don’t cost a lot of money and in a year or two I put them in the Savers pile. I get my money’s worth out of them, and it’s time to send them off as their trends fade away.

My closet is no different from that of many other women. My closet has skinny clothes and fat clothes. Skinny clothes stay because they give me a goal, they stand for hope, they indicate I am optimistic about the future. Fat clothes stay because I cannot pretend they are not necessary.

I always think that might change, that I’ll have a closet full of clothes that all fit.

Author: lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer is my new opponent. Writer, super sub teacher, triathlete, awesome cook, ocean girl with head-to-toe sun protection.

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